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Patton Boggs increased its revenue in 2003 by 10 percent, and profits per partner grew by $135,000, to $635,000. Managing partner Stuart Pape says the firm’s Northern Virginia office continued to fuel the growth, and he says the office’s export compliance and licensing, intellectual property, and wealth preservation practices were all strong. For example, Northern Virginia intellectual property partners Marc Labgold and Kevin Bell and D.C. intellectual property partner Richard Oparil have been defending client Clontech Laboratories, a division of New Jersey-based medical products manufacturer Becton, Dickinson & Co., in patent infringement litigation pending since 1996. The firm added 23 lawyers locally in 2003, and saw healthy growth in head count and revenue. But Patton Boggs’ signature lobbying practice isn’t No. 1 for the first time in five years. The public policy powerhouse, whose lobbying practice has dominated those of other law firms, saw only a 3 percent increase in revenue from lobbying, up to $58 million from $56.1 million in 2002. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld edged out Patton Boggs, making $59.4 million in 2003, according to Legal Times‘ sister publication Influence. However, Patton Boggs lobbyists counted WorldCom, Time Warner, Mars, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Metabolife International as big clients last year. Diet pill maker Metabolife has counted on Patton Boggs since 2001 to lobby on the regulation of ephedra. The pill’s active ingredient is suspected of causing heart problems. The firm’s international practice, buoyed by its one overseas office in Doha, Qatar, is doing well, says Pape. The firm’s Middle East clients include the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In May 2003, the government of Kazakhstan hired Patton Boggs to help strengthen its relationship with U.S. policy-makers and was expected to pay the firm about $1 million over the next year. The government of Venezuela did the same, and in the last three months of 2003, paid the firm about $300,000 to lobby for its interests in the United States. Pape says the firm’s D.C. finance practice was “just roaring” in 2003. For example, in 2003 the firm did deal-related work for Chevy Chase, Md.-based commercial finance company CapitalSource. Also in 2003, Patton Boggs lost longtime partner Lanny Davis, former special counsel to then-President Bill Clinton, to the D.C. office of San Francisco-based Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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